Food and Drink Andrea González

A drink with views

We recommend the bars and restaurants from which to can enjoy the best views of the country’s geography. There’s the Balcón de San Nicolás opposite the Alhambra in Granada, Club Financiero Génova in Madrid and the Selvático terrace on the 21st floor in Benidorm, Alicante, with its impressive panoramic view of the Costa Blanca. Not to mention Bokado Mikel Santamaría in Donostia or El Mirador at the Vincci La Rábida hotel – a palatial home in the centre of Seville.

Sample iconic dishes and the finest drinks while viewing beautiful sunsets in some of Spain’s most attractive rooftop destinations. Right opposite the Alhambra, in magical Granada, is the Balcón de San Nicolás. It offers some of Granada’s most traditional dishes, such Mozarabic pastela, Andalusian cheese with chistorra sausage, and Spanish Galician-style octopus. All are prepared with the freshest local ingredients. Because of the restaurant’s location in the heart of the Albaicín, it is advisable to book in advance, but the sunset views over the world’s largest Andalusian monumental complex will make it more than worthwhile.

Views of La Alhambra in Granada

In the heart of Madrid’s Plaza de Colón, overlooking the National Library, is the luxurious Club Financiero Génova. This 2,800sqm exclusive space is distributed between the 14th and 15th floors of the legendary Centro Colón building and delivers a 360° panoramic view of the Spanish capital for its customers. Recently renovated thanks by the talented Arquitectura Invisible and Alejandra Pombo, who have merged the select spirit of a club founded in the 1970s with the modernity of a gastronomic space, it is now open to all who wish to try its mouthwatering offerings. Its cuisine has been designed by Nino Redruello of Familia La Ancha and offers an extensive menu with nods to some of the group’s legendary dishes and new twists on traditional recipes. Cocktails may be enjoyed on the top floor under the Madrid sky and, under the direction of the Azotea Grupo, these have been designed exclusively for the Club Financiero Génova by mixologist Luca Anastasio. Booking is essential and it is advisable to consult the dress code before going.

Club Financiero Génova, in Madrid

Under the Benidorm sky rises Selvático, an impressive rooftop bar with the best views of the Costa Blanca. Located in the Primavera Park hotel in the heart of the city, Selvático is the perfect place to enjoy heavenly sunsets at the foot of its infinity pool, with live music and sessions by its resident DJ. However, the best things about Selvático are drinks inspired by the avant-garde of international mixology, as well as its snacks.

Selvático, in Benidorm
Live music, in Selvático, Benidorm

In the north of the Iberian Peninsula, in Donostia, is Bokado Mikel Santamaría, an interpretation of the traditional ingredients and recipes of Basque cuisine based on a dialogue with the present. Its location is unbeatable, as it sits at the end of the Paseo Nuevo de San Sebastian, between the Aquarium platform and Mount Urgull, offering a panoramic view of the quay, the Bay of la Concha and the Island of Santa Clara. The restaurant is located on the ground floor and features outdoor terraces that guarantee imposing views. Here, guests can enjoy the tasting menus, which change throughout the year to adapt to local, in-season products. The hallmark of Mikel Santamaría’s cuisine is its harmony with its surroundings.

El Mirador de Sevilla

Lastly, back in Andalusia, we have El Mirador de Sevilla, located in the Vincci la Rábida hotel. Its design is based on an 18th-century palatial home and it enjoys an unbeatable location, just a short distance from icons such as La Maestranza and Seville Cathedral. The latter is one of the great attractions of El Mirador as the restaurant on its roof provides guests with what are said to be the best views of the mighty structure. The other great treasure is the menu, designed to offer a contemporary take on the earth’s own ingredients, as evidenced by its pork shoulder tartare, fried egg foam and chorizo mayonnaise, or its spring chicken croquettes, pepitoria humous, almond mayonnaise and saffron oil.